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The Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Survey 2007
In spring 2007, the Japan Foundation London carried out a survey of Japanese Studies at University level in the UK. This was not just to be a follow-up to the 2001-2 survey* conducted by the Daiwa
Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Japan Foundation, this survey targeted those universities which were carrying out Japanese Studies and Japan related research (or had ceased to since 2002), regardless of whether or not they offered Japanese language education as well. The survey was sent to 54 universities offering either Japanese Studies or Japanese language education.

To read the General Summary of the results, please click here.

The results of the survey have shown the following general trends:
  • The growth of Japanese Studies (as part of East Asian studies or otherwise) at a Postgraduate level is notable, with a number of new MA and Mphil courses offered at universities such as Birkbeck and Bristol.
  • In a number of cases, Japanese Studies courses and resources have been consolidated (under the heading of East Asian Studies) to a number of key centres with increased research and funding capability within universities throughout the country.
  • Japanese language continues to enjoy popularity among students.
  • Where institutions have decided to stop Japanese Studies as part of a degree, some continue to offer Japanese language provision as part of non-credit or 'Institution Wide Language Programmes'.
The survey was conducted in order to provide an up-to-date resource for professionals in Japanese Studies to be able to easily identify and share knowledge about research and teaching in the field. It is also hoped that through this survey, greater awareness and attention to Japanese Studies in higher education in the UK will be achieved.

The Japan Foundation hopes that the results of this survey will provide a valuable resource and brings attention to the national and institutional importance of the field.

We would like to sincerely thank all the universities that participated, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Dr Naofumi Nakamura (Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo) and Hiroshi Shimizu (London School of Economics and Political Science) who compiled the analysis of the results.

The Japan Foundation London
January 2008

* The results of the 2001-2 Survey is compiled into a comprehensive book entitled Japanese Degree Courses 2001-2.Please contact the Japan Foundation London if you would like a copy of Japanese Degree Courses 2001-2.
「2006-2007年 英国日本研究機関調査」について

  • 日本研究を提供する大学の数は若干減少したが、全体としてはむしろ拡張の動きのほうが大きく、とりわけ大学院レベルでは修士課程が複数の大学で新設されるなど、伸びを見せている。
  • 日本研究を東アジア研究の一部として位置づけることで、研究リソースや助成金を増やす工夫をしている大学が多い。
  • 日本語は、学生にとって常に人気の科目である。
  • 日本研究の学位取得コースは中止しても、自由選択科目や大学全体の語学プログラムの一環として日本語を残した大学は多い。


※2001/2002年の調査報告は「Japanese Degree Courses 2001-2002」と題する冊子にまとまっています。入手をご希望の方は国際交流基金ロンドン事務所までご連絡ください。